My turn: ‘Soda water’ reminds me of grandfather

I remember on summer evenings when we were visiting my grandparents in Lubbock and Grandma Chaya would make a pitcher of cherry Kool-Aid to wash down her savory meat fried with “calabaza” or summer squash. Grandma Chaya added slices of lemon, orange and lime to the Kool-Aid. It was good. After dinner, though, Grandpa Chico […]

Hounds win series opener from Javelinas

Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University baseball coach Phil Clabaugh decided to leave junior pitcher Corey Cole, nursing a groin injury, at home for last weekend’s Lone Star Conference series at Incarnate Word. Turns out it was a pretty good move. Cole, a right-hander from Glendale, Ariz., threw his best game of the season on […]

Hounds drop pair to Aggies

Freedom New Mexico Cameron pitcher Brad Bichel didn’t need much run support Friday, but got more than enough. When the Aggies pitching struggled in the second game, they turned to the long ball to pull away. Bichel pitched a seven-inning six-hitter in the opener as Cameron (13-4, 7-3 LSC) rolled to a 9-1 Lone Star […]

Zias notch win over Pioneers

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University pitcher Kristen Cruickshank was a little shaky in the first inning, but survived. After that, the sophomore was pretty much lights out. Cruickshank pitched a five-hitter and collected three hits at the plate Friday as the Zias bounced Texas Woman’s 9-1 in the opener of […]

Portales Little League applauds pitch limits

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer New guidelines for little league baseball pitchers is changing the way coaches and players approach the game and according to many — is saving little arms for high school, college and beyond. Roosevelt and Curry County have played the 2007 season under Little League International’s new pitch count program […]

Elida quarterfinal comeback spells defeat for Questa

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent LOS LUNAS — Despite scoring runs at an average of more than one per inning, there was a time on Wednesday when things didn’t look so good for Elida in the Class 1A state baseball quarterfinals. But the Tigers rebounded from a three-run deficit and moved into today’s semis with […]

Rams sweep district doubleheader

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mickey_winfield@link.freedom.com With four games left in their district regular season, the Portales Rams put themselves in position to battle for the district championship with a sweep of the New Mexico Military Institute Colts Saturday at Portales High School 4-0 and 6-3. “(These wins) put us in a good situation for the rest of the way,” […]

Softball tryouts kick off season

Airman Thomas Trower Women’s varsity softball is back in full swing. The team has been resting up from last year’s Fall Ball season and reorganized with tryouts over the past two weeks. The Cannon team was seen as a powerhouse during the 1996-1999 seasons, but there was no team for the 2000-2002 seasons. The team […]

Lady Rams prep for Dexter tourney

Freedom Newspapers Spring break ends early for the Portales High softball team, as it resumes playThursday in the Dexter Tournament. Portales (2-2) plays against District 4-3A rival Ruidoso in an 8 a.m. game, one of three the Lady Rams will have during the weekend when most students are enjoying their mid-semester break. “There really isn’t […]